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Education Written Answer, 07/11/11 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Siobhan McMahon's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Executive what the average absence rate of school pupils has been, and how many school pupils have been (a) suspended and (b) excluded in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell, replied that information on the absence rate of school pupils by local authority in each of the last three years is published in table 2.4 of a supplementary dataset to the national statistics publication Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No 1: 2010 Edition on the Scottish Government website.

Information on the absence rate of school pupils by local authority in 2005-06 and 2006-07 is published in table 2.4 of the national statistics publication Attendance and Absence in Scottish Schools, 2007-08 on the Scottish Government website.

Information on the absence rate of school pupils (including absence due to temporary exclusion) by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) and year was  provided. The Cabinet Secretary also provided the number of pupils temporarily excluded and the number permanently excluded (also known as removed from the register), by local authority and SIMD.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 7 November 2011 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 7 November 2011